Total sanitation campaign (TSC) has aimed towards cleanliness and is achieving considerable success in the State of Maharashtra in India. The campaign has been instituted Award for clean villages in year 2000 by the Maharashtra State Government in the name of Sant Gadge Baba Maharaj to foster a new culture of self-development through community action. The village Kambalwadi voluntarily participated and succeeded in self-development and achieved sustained growth with people’s active participation and is playing a crucial role in passing a massage of clean and self-developed village. This paper provides the details of these major achievements.
Health and hygiene are two important aspects of common human being. The efforts by any Government remain fruitless without the support of common man in any developmental activities. Water supply and sanitation programmes are being undertaken years together by the central and state governments in India every five year plans, yet the expected results of cent percent success was just a dream. But villegers from Kambalwadi in Kolhapur district of Maharashtra have made to focus notable achievements of this village in health and sanitation program and self sufficiency.
Kambalwadi Village is a small village having population was 1,003 persons staying in 230 households situated in the Radhanagari Taluka of Kolhapur District of Maharashtra in India. It receives water supply from the river Bhogavati flowing from its vicinity. Sugarcane cultivation is a major cash crop along with rice, groundnut and other seasonal kharip and rabbi crops.
Material & Methods:
The present data has been collected from the reliable official sources like village council called as Grampanchayat, government offices and non-government organizations by using known standard methods and personal interviews, visits and filed experiences while conducting training courses, installing Sanitation Park and Energy Park in the village.
Situation in past:
Kambalwadi was one of the common villages in Kolhapur District of Maharashtra. Sugarcane and rice cultivation left to farmers a lot of time for idling. Availability of plenty of water from the Dam constructed on perennial river Bhogavati added to the lethargy of farmers. The village was drastically affected with alcoholism and internal crises making the life measurable with fights dividing the village in groups and tensions by litigations in police and courts. The village was full of garbage refuse, open waste water gutters encroaching public roads. The villagers were following open defecation practices for both men and women resulting into vector carrying water borne infections, water born epidemic diseases, sickening students, women and working forces resulting into educational and financial losses. This situation was few years ago, before their participation in ‘Sant Gadge Baba Maharaj Award for clean villages’ which has been instituted by the Maharashtra Government. Read Full Report